RANDOLPH, NJ- Randolph Township Schools is excited to announce that the Bosch Corporation will continue to support sustainability and wellness opportunities at Randolph after awarding the district a $30,000 grant. Bosch’s contributions directly impact and change the lives of students by giving them access to cutting edge sustainability and wellness programs. Garden Camp students are currently growing produce for Morristown restaurant Urban Table thanks to funding received from the organization.
The restaurant partnership gives students the ability to learn in a cross curricular environment where business, sustainability, and botany all intersect. The student featured in this article is working with a Bosch funded hydroponic tank and an EC meter to measure the electrical conductivity of the water used in the tank. The Garden Camp students are learning lessons in agricultural science such as the importance of water quality to help plants absorb nutrients. This sustainability lesson is one of many that the district is able to provide thanks to this funding. The district will further develop a culture that is focused on providing students with “hands on” learning opportunities that foster engaged instruction in STEM thanks to Bosch’s partnership.
Katie Thorn, Elementary Supervisor stated, “Randolph continues to provide students with authentic learning opportunities to learn more about agriculture, botany, life science, entrepreneurship, and other related fields thanks to the support of several community partners. Bosch has been a long-time proponent of these initiatives and without their support none of this would be possible. The funding we have received has increased exposure and enthusiasm around cross-curricular opportunities for both our students and staff. We are so grateful for the funding provided by Bosch and the additional support we have received from REF. Our community organizations are vital to our success and we are excited about our plans to financially sustain these programs in the future.”
This is not the first time Bosch has generously supported these initiatives. Randolph has received grant funding previously from the organization which supported sustainability projects that brought aquaponics, hydroponics, and aeroponics into our six schools and transition program. Once awarded these funds, Randolph Education Foundation (REF) generously donated $54,000 to further support this initiative allowing us to finish the initial phase of the project, which included an enormous greenhouse now located at the middle school. The funding and passion for these projects has led to additional efforts by the district to support sustainability which has included such projects as the greenhouse at Center Grove, community gardens at our elementary schools, and opportunities for students to engage with local organizations.
With the additional $30,000 in funding that was given to the district, Randolph will be able to expand upon all of these current initiatives to promote more opportunities for students. Like vegetation, sustainability projects are growing rapidly district-wide and will only continue to do so thanks to organizations like the Bosch Corporation who continue to support these important opportunities.
The district is looking forward to sharing more about the programs as they are implemented.
About the Bosch Community Fund
The Bosch Community Fund, the U.S.-based foundation for Bosch, has awarded over 20 million in grants to various 501(c)(3) organizations and educational institutions. The BCF focuses primarily on the enrichment of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and the advancement of environmental sustainability initiatives.